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CSOC 1030A - Sociology of Gender

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course offers an introduction to theory and empirical research in the sociology of gender and sexuality. We review some of the classic pieces in the subfield as well as attend to what's new and emerging. We focus on the theoretical perspectives and analytical tools that offer sociologists the most assistance in developing empirical research. Moreover, the seminar aims at putting together European and Asian perspectives on the sociology of gender and sexuality in order to explore the complex relationships between mechanisms of power, gender and representation in the two continents and in their different regions. Its Asian focus, in particular, wants to deconstruct two common stereotypes of the “Asian Sublime” –from the hypersexualized to the superachievers. We look at the flows of Asian gendered identities and bodies in different global circuits including the cyberspace and the international political economy. As for Europe, we consider the effects of political, economic and social change on understandings and experiences of gender and sexuality. Our discussions seek to understand the effects of these issues on both women and men, femininity and masculinity as well as heterosexuality and homosexuality, and new queer identities. Finally, we focus on the tensions between Europe and Asia by introducing the colonial past into the current study of gender and sexuality, but also by focusing on tensed geographies, constructed as such, in the borders of the two continents, such as the Balkans and Turkey.


ELEFTHERIADIS, Konstantinos (PhD, Post doctoral student)

Pedagogical format

At the end of the course, the student is expected to : 1°) possess the basic knowledge on the scope of the field of sociology of gender and sexuality. 2°) understand the socially and institutionally constructed character of notions we believe to be 'natural'. 3°) enrich their sociological knowledge, acquired during the first year and apply it on gender and sexuality.

Course validation

To validate the course, the student is expected to pass the following assignments (at least three grades): 1°) Presentation (30%). 2°) Participation in-class (20%). 3°) Final exam: Open questions (50%).

Required reading

J. Scott (1986), ‘Gender: a Useful Category of Historical Analysis', American Historical Review, 91(5), pp.1035-1075

Additional required reading

  • J. Scott (1986), ‘Gender: a Useful Category of Historical Analysis', American Historical Review, 91(5), pp
  • P.H. Collins (1990) Black Feminist thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment,New York, Routledge, Chapter 11
  • E. Cho (2016). “Making the ‘modern' family: The discourse of sexuality in the Family Planning Program in South Korea”. Sexualities, 19(7), 802-818
  • E. D. Widmer, J. Treas, and R. Newcomb. (1998) "Attitudes toward nonmarital sex in 24 countries." Journal of Sex Research 35 (4), pp. 349-358